Here is a quick look at the other teams from around the Kanawha Valley.
BUFFALO: Buffalo returns a solid core of players in hopes of making a return trip to the state tournament under veteran coach Chuck Elkins. The Bison went 21-5 last season, losing to Charleston Catholic 61-48 in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Returning for Buffalo are seniors Laythen Good (14.6 points) and Isaiah Robinson (10.0). However, Good will not see action until the first of the year after tearing his ACL in June in football workouts. The Bison also add Winfield transfer John Hodges to the roster.
HURRICANE: Hurricane returns talent from last year's state tournament team, including 6-4 senior Henry Sorsaia. Sorsaia (14.0) led the team in scoring last season as the Redskins finished 20-6 before falling to Woodrow Wilson in the state quarterfinals.
Coach Lance Sutherland leads a squad that includes seniors Ace Estep, Garrett DeFries, Alex Wolford, Tanner McAllister, Justin Newman and Duane Ruggier, as well as key juniors Trey Dawson and Dylan Tinsley. Former Winfield guard Jake Lemmerman and former Cabell Midland standout Dustin Scarberry join the roster.
POCA: Poca returns its top three scorers from last season as the Dots look to make an appearance in the state basketball tournament under coach Allen Osborne. Poca (18-7) claimed a sectional title, but lost to Scott 53-52 in the final moments of the regional co-final at home.
The Dots return juniors Noah Frampton (14.4) and Matt Chandler (9.7) as well as senior Cam Cottrill (10.7). Skeen also expects 6-foot-4 freshman Luke Frampton, Noah's brother, to play a sizeable role for the team.
CAPITAL: Veteran coach Carl Clark hopes to build on last season's 10-15 record. The Cougars return leading scorer and senior Carrington Morris (20.0). Juniors Jordan Kinney and Brad Grose will play big minutes and sophomore Miguel Bays will contribute. Bays missed last season after tearing his ACL.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: The Patriots return a wealth of experience from last year's 18-5 team. Seniors Dominik King (6-4) and Chris Kay (6-2), along with junior center Cai Carena (6-4), provide a sizable frontcourt and new addition Jon Elmore will run the offense. Elmore, a former SC standout, played at Christ School (N.C.) last season and has already signed with VMI.
HERBERT HOOVER: Hoover enters the season largely inexperienced with only three seniors under new coach Josh Daniel. The Huskies finished 13-12 last season and graduated their top four scorers. Hoover returns junior Hunter White, the only player to see a significant amount of varsity playing time last year, and Daniel expects solid contributions from Matthew Justice and Tommy Parrish.
NITRO: Nitro looks to improve on last season's 11-14 record under coach Bryan Faber. The Wildcats, who graduated top scorer Angelo Sirianni from last year, will lean on sophomore Trayvon Taylor (12.0 points). Senior J.P. Mawyer will provide stability in the backcourt and senior Tyler Barton will see significant minutes when he returns from an Achilles injury.
RIVERSIDE: After a up-and-down 2012-2013 campaign, Riverside looks to rebound under first-year coach Ryan Carter. The Warriors went 10-15 and graduated top scorer Marcus Reed (14.5). They'll rely on lone senior Tyus Wood (12.6), the team's second-leading scorer, as well as juniors Tamar Lawson and Josh Butcher.
SISSONVILLE: After graduating four of its five starters, Sissonville brings a young and inexperienced team to the floor this season. The Indians went 10-14 and lost a pair of 1,000-point scorers in Zach Null (17.6 per game) and Trent Stowers (14.0). Coach Rich Skeen will rely on his only returning starter, 6-2 senior Nathan Miller, as well as 6-3 senior Duncan McClung.
ST. ALBANS: The Red Dragons bring back five players with starting experience, including four seniors, from a 4-19 campaign. Seniors Kevic Watkins (6-3 forward), Tanner Aliff (6-4, center), Taylor Clark (6-3, guard/forward) and Cody Young (5-11, guard) are all back and should be joined in the starting five by 6-2 junior Quamise Carter. Juniors Jeff Seams and A.J. Hines, along with seniors Byron Wiley, Andrew Barnette and Sammy Haywood, should see playing time as well.
WINFIELD: Winfield returns No. 2 scorer and second-team All-MSAC senior guard Zach Fisher (14.0) and junior Bear Bellomy (12.0), but top scorer Chris Turner (14.7) opted not to play in order to concentrate on football. Coach Pat McGinnis also looks to seniors Toby Show, Taylor Hearn, Cole Schoolcraft and Brandon Wright to play major roles for the Generals who finished 14-9 last season, their first in the MSAC.
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